Mixed Greens Blog

Mixed Greens Blog
Living Sustainably in the Pacific Northwest

10
November
2008

Food for Thought: An Edible Garden

Many of us are growing food in the backyard, sometimes a few heads of lettuce and kale for winter, sometimes a serious year-round vegetable garden.

You’ll find this video interesting and important to know about if you’ve ever fantasized about your own vegetable garden, even on a small scale. A twenty-first century version of the victory garden is a powerful action to take regarding sustainability at the family table and of the planet. We can grow some of our own, or provide a backyard plot for other urban farmers to plant. Either way, if our edible gardens supplement what farmers produce they’ll still have a daunting task keeping up with the demands of a megatropolis for locally grown food.

Thanks to Cooking Up a Story for another great sustainability-related video: Organic Foods, Backyard Agriculture. (Your Backyard Farmer is the related website)

Fritz Haeg is a designer activist who is promoting edible estates. He wants us to plant food in the front yard instead of grass. Swapping Grass for Grub, a previous MixedGreens post, features his video and website about edible gardening. All food for thought.


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3 Responses »

  1. What a great idea! Not everyone wants to be a farmer, but to have some food growing in your own backyard brings you closer to what agriculture can mean.

  2. Thanks for sharing this story! Donna and Robyn do a fantastic job. If anyone wants to check them out, you can find them here: http://yourbackyardfarmer.com/

    I love how they got creative about their not being able to find land to farm. An awesome idea whose time has come.

  3. Thanks for this – it’s fast becoming my personal dream job, now I just have to figure out how to make it work.